3 Hotels in Andria , Italy
The city of Andria is situated in the inferior slope of the Murge region, in the new province of Barletta-Andria-Trani at approximately 10 km from the Adriatic Sea along the Apulian coast. The economy is based on industry and commerce but it hosts also several accommodation structures, with hotels, lodges, bed & breakfast and farm holidays of all levels.
According to the legend, Andria was founded by Diomede, the Greek hero and since the Norman times the city was encircled by the walls and it was the prepreferred town of Frederic II of Svevia. To the Angioini is due the construction of the Sacra Spina (sacred thorn) and the Ducale Palace, widened and modified later on in the XVI century.
In Andria it is also possible to admire religious treasures as the Cathedral, the Church of St. Augustin with the imposing door, the church of Porta Santa (the saint door) with the religious painting of the Madonna della Neve, the church of St. Domenico with the beautiful recently restored bell tower, the Church of St. Francisco with the annexed convent. Moreover, the Clock Tower decorated with valuable maiolica tiles, the narrow alleys, the ancient country houses and the typical squares that still conserve the history and traditions of this region. The city is merged in a landscape of olive groves, almonds tree and vineyards at the feet of the Murge, where exquisite cheese products are tasted, such as the renowned mozzarella and burrata.
Among the castles built up by Frederic II of Svevia in Apulia, there is the beatiful Castel del Monte, a charming and original castle with the shape of the Sveva crown. The octagonal size of the castle, symbol of Apulia, dominates one of the higher hills in Western Murgia, south of Andria. The castle was constructed around 1240 by local architects, not as a fortress but a dwelling. The structure in fact has no defense works like a ditch, bridge and underground exits, furthermore the rooms are wide and enriched to testify the residencial nature of the castle. In 1876 it was acquired and refurbished by the Italian State, in that time the castle was reduced little more than a rune situated in a strategic point, at approximately 17 km from Andria, from where a truly wonderful panorama can be admired.
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Longitude:16° 88' 0'' E (16.3)